"Dancing" by Priscila Marmolejos ('20)

There was a silence, and snow, and a clear sky empty of life, and me, sitting there, taking it all in, accepting what I must try to achieve. I knew it was hard but I had to do this in order to feel better and fulfill my soul. Dancing. That was what my whole life was about. I loved it and I felt empty If I didn’t feel that I was showing my true self to the world. After being paralyzed for six months because of a car accident, I now have the opportunity again to do what I love. But I sit here, a little scared, but taking it all in, accepting what I must try to achieve. My dancing group and I are in this competition, it’s really important for me and if I win, one of the advantages is that you will be known. And that’s what I want. They have been practicing for the past six months while I was paralyzed. Even though I was the main dancer in the group and I knew the routine, I don’t know if I'll be able to accomplish this goal. And I still sit here, taking it all in, accepting what I must try to achieve. And this is the moment where I tell myself that this is what I love and I want people to know and see what I have to offer. So I get up and I take it all in.